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I am sorry that I have not been active on this blog or on my Goodreads page (for reviews) for a while but we got a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder for our now 4-year-old son in December so although I have been reading a lot since my last post I have been busy with other things. We have had to implement coping strategies for ourselves and our son, as well as the fact that I have been doing a course called More Than words Course from Jan – end of March.

It is my intention to try to get back on track with my posts as well as on Goodreads but I can’t promise anything because I will be starting another course at the end of this month which won’t be finished until the beginning of July. This course and the previous course is very time consuming although the courses themselves are only once a week with the reading and implementation of the techniques that your learning.

Currently, my Goodreads challenge is set at 90 books for the year but I will update it when I get to within 10 books of the goal. I am going to catch up on all my reviews for the books that I have read since oct/Nov last year.

Book Review| #non-review books/#Overdrive| Wonder

Wonder Book Cover Wonder
R J Palacio
Juvenile Fiction
Random House
March 1, 2012
Ebook
320
Overdrive
Read from September 25 to October 09, 2016

'My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.' Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all? WONDER is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

This was an amazingly heartfelt thought provoking, laugh out loud and tear rendingly poignient piece of fiction which I thoroughly enjoyed from cover to cover so I am glad I finally read it because I ‘d been wanting to read it for a long time.  I absolutely fell in love with Auggie who was the main character because he was so well written and his stealey determination and steadfastness were simply amazing.                                  The way the author has split the book into different parts reflecting the main people in August’s Life is great as it allows you to learn about third part in the story as well as their feelings about August’s differences.

August is a young boy who’s face is deformed through a combination of a genetic condition he has and all the surgeries he’s had thanks to being born with a cleft lip/Palete. It explores the topics reactions that people have to him when they meet him how he and his family deal with this, family; friendship, love, honesty, respect and coping with change.

All the characters were really well written and believable which meant that they were easy to connect with my favorite characters were Auggie for his strength and determination and his sister Via who was really strong with a no bullshit attitude. I loved how close Auggie and Via were as well as how unconditionally she loves and how she’s his strongest supporter. I really didn’t like Julian one of the boys from School mainly for the fact that he clearly takes an immediate dislike/fear of Auggie to the point of trying to turn the rest of the year against him, but I loved it when it ended up that they all turned against him instead.

On Goodreads this book is listed as a YA contemporary realistic fiction and I really does fit well into these genres.

This is a book that without doubt I will read again. I loved this book and would recommend it to or buy it for anyone who enjoys YA contemporary books with a realistic fiction basis.

 

Friday Reads|7/10/2016

Hi                                                                                                                                 In this post I will be talking about the books I have read in the last week, the books I will be reading over the weekend/into next week as well as the Books I have received for Review. Hope you enjoy it and as soon as I have written my Goodreads reviews for each books I have read  I will add the links for each one with their relevant bookThe

Books that are included in this post are:

  • Books Continuing to read
    • Wonder by R.J. Palacio                                                                  
    • The Girl With the Red Coat by Kate Harmer                            
    • The Trouble with Sheep and Goats by Joanna Cannon            
    • The McCarthy’s of Gansett Island Boxed Set 1 books 1-3 #1/3) by Marie Force                                          
    • Insanity the Complete Books 1-3 by Cameron Jace    
  • Books Read
    • Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3/4) by Maggie Steifvatter
    • Noughts and Crosses (Noughts and Crosses #1/4) by Malorie Blackman                                 
    • Everything Everything by Nicole Yoon                    
    • All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  •  Books Started
    • The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4/4) by Maggie Stiefvatter
    • Love in a Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez      
    • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray          
    • Knife Edge (Noughts and Crosses #2/4) by Malorie Blackman
    • Figment (Insanity: The Complete Books 1-3 #1/3) by Cameron Jace                                          
    • Fool For Love (The McCarthy’s of Gansett Island Boxed Set Books 1-3 #2/3) by Marie  Force                    
    • The Governess Was Wanton (Governess #2/3) by Julia Kelly         

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Cover of Wonder

Book Information                                                                    Source:   overdrive                                                                   Format: EBook                                                                         Reading Status:   Currently Reading [50%] (started 25/9)                                                                                     Midway thoughts:  I am not half way through the book now & I am still really enjoying it and think that it is really well written. The way the author has split the book into different parts reflecting the main people in August’s Life is great as it allows you to learn about third part in the story as well as their feelings about August’s differences.                                                                                                      Links: Goodreads | Review   

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The Girl With the Red Coat by Kate Harmer

Cover of The Girl in the Red Coat

Book Information                                                                    Source:   overdrive                                                                 Format: EBook                                                                       Reading Status:   Currently Reading (started 25/9) MIDWAY THOUGHTS: I have never read any of Kate’s work before but due to the ease of read that I’m experiencing with this book at the moment I will read her other books in the future.  The little girl () who’s the main character in the book is really lovable and is so well written so far so she’s believable and easy to connect with. I can also see how well the other characters will develop through the book. Currently I would say that when I finish reading this book I will  give a five star rating because it is such a heartwarmigly well written book so look out for my review if your interested in knowing what I thought of it and the star rating I gave it.                                                 Links: Goodreads | Review   

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The Trouble with Sheep and Goats by Joanna Cannon

Cover of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

Book Information                                                                    Source:   overdrive                                                                 Format: EBook                                                                         Reading Status:   Currently Reading (2/9)                         MIDWAY THOUGHTS: I have never read any of Joanna’s work before but from what I have read of this book so far I know that I am going to enjoy it and want to read her other books. It is a very well written and engaging mystery in which the characters are well developed and multi dimensional which means that they are easy to connect with and believable. Currently I can see that I will no doubt give the book a 4-5 star rating so if you want to know the star rating I gave it and what my views were then look out for my review.  Links: Goodreads | Review   

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The McCarthy’s of Gansett Island Boxed Set 1 books 1-3 #1/3) by Marie Force

Product Details

Source: Amazon                                                Format: Kindle Book                                       Synopsis: With more than 1 million ebooks sold since Maid for Love debuted in 2011, the New York Times bestselling McCarthys of Gansett Island Series has become one of the most beloved romance series available today. Read the first three books in the series: Maid for Love, Fool for Love and Ready for Love in this special offering.

Book 1: Maid for Love
Maddie Chester is determined to …more                                                              Other Books in the Series: Book Falling for Love, Hoping for Love, Season for Love,  Longing for Love,  Waiting for Love, Time for Love,  Meant for Love, Chance for Love, A Gansett Island Novella, Gansett After Dark, Kisses After Dark                                                                                                    Reading Period:  Currently Reading (Started 13/9)                                           Initial thoughts: This is a series that I am going to enjoy, For further information on the first two books  in this bind up/series please read the review for book 1 and my initial thoughts for book 2 both of which can be found later in in this post                                                                              Links: Goodreads | Review   

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Insanity the Complete Books 1-3 by Cameron Jace

                                                                                                                                      Source: Amazon                                 Insanity: The Complete Books 1-3            Format: Ebook                                                   Other Books in this Series: Figment, Circus, Hookah, Wonder, Checkmate, Family                        Reading Status: Currently Reading (Started  /  )   Synopsis: This 200,000 words omnibus edition includes the first THREE books in the bestselling Insanity series, PLUS images and details of the places visited and meticulously researched.
From London’s historical locations, The Vatican, Belgium’s Cat Killing Festival, & Oxford University’s secrets that inspired Lewis Carroll’s story.

An intriguing read full of mysteries, codes, adventures, thrills, insanity and a heroine unlike anything you’ve ever read before.
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MEET ALICE WONDER

After accidentally killing everyone in a bus accident, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum in Oxford. No one doubts her insanity. All but a hookah-smoking professor who believes otherwise.

Professor Carter Pillar believes he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll’s paintings, photographs, and finding Wonderland’s real whereabouts. He persuades the asylum that Alice can save lives and catch the wonderland monsters now reincarnated in modern day criminals.

In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between sanity and insanity thins when she meets Jack Diamond, an arrogant college student who believes that ‘nonsense’ is an actual science.

Equally loved by adults and teenagers, even by mystery and thriller readers.

Larger than life characters, intricate mysteries, engrossing fun, and intriguing historical locations. Insanity will thrill you, makes turns pages, and stay with you forever.

Warning: intended for insane audience only

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Insanity (Mad in Wonderland) Book 1

Students are repeatedly found dead in Oxford university. All of them are girls. Most of them were called Alice. The recent ones have their mouths knitted into the shape of a Cheshire Grin. A message from their killer.

The mysterious killer claims he is an incarnation of the Cheshire Cat of the Alice in Wonderland books. He sends the police a few clues. Riddles that only one girl can solve.

A girl in an asylum.

Her name is Alice Wonder.

She is the world’s only hope to stop the murders and uncover the historical secrets behind the Alice in Wonderland books.

Figment (Book 2)

Alice Wonder accepts her capabilities of solving crimes and saving lives. Not sure who she really is, or if she is actually imagining half the things she is seeing, she has to catch another killer.This one doesn’t reveal his identity, but calls himself a Wonderland Monster.

He chops off children’s head and stuffs them inside watermelons. Each watermelon is a riddle to a larger crimes.

Aided by the eccentric professor, Carter Pillar, she she is about to discover a global conspiracy that has been kept secrets for centuries.

A conspiracy since the Victorian times. One that Lewis Carroll knew about.

In the end, Alice has to either sacrifice the world or the one she loves the most.                                                                                                                 Initial Thoughts: I am going to enjoy this series. See the short review for insanity and my     initial thoughts about figment below.                                   Links: Goodreads | Review   

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Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow #1) by Danielle Paige
                                                                     
Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1)

Source: Netgalley                                                           Format:  EBook                                                               Reading Status: Currently Reading (started 9/9)     Synopsis:  From New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die comes a thrilling, Maleficent-esque twist on The Snow Queen, from the “villain’s” point of view that’s equal parts love story and Frozen—all grown up.Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she’s not crazy and doesn’t belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.

Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn’t what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid–her true home–with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she’s sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she’s destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything . . . including Snow’s return to the world she once knew.

This breathtaking first volume begins the story of how Snow becomes a villain, a queen, and ultimately a hero.

Initial Thoughts: I am thoroughly enjoying this well written and intriguing book. in fact I am enjoying it so much that its making me want to read The Snow Queen the book that its a re imagining of. Snow is s fantastic character who I fell in love with immediately and I can’t wait to see how she develops more in this and future books. Look out for my mini review for this book in next weeks Friday reads which will also contain a link to my Goodreads review for the book.
 Links: Goodreads | Review   
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The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil #1/3)                                          by Soman Chainani      
The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1)
Source: Amazon                                                                     Format: Ebook                                                                       Synopsis:   The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from yo …more
Reading Status: Currently Reading (Started 19/6)
Initial Thoughts: I decide to read this book after hearing several of the Book tubers that I follow on you tube talking about it and I am glad I did. This book is well written and the two main characters are easy to connect with because their so well developed and believable. I can’t wait to see how they develop further as this book goes on and the series progresses.                                                                                                                                                            Links: Goodreads | Review   
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The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1) by Katherine McGee
The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor, #1)

Source:  Edelweiss                                                 Format: E ARC                                                       Reading  Status: Currently Reading (started  2/6 )     Synopsis:  The Thousandth Floor is debut author Katharine McGee’s first book in a sumptuous, juicy trilogy about a glittering future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

Manhattan, 2118. A thousand-story tower has been built in the middle of the city with every amenity imaginable. But even in this world of luxury, life isn’t perfect. Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a hidden addiction. Eris Dodd-Radson’s privileged life is upended by a betrayal that tears her family apart. Rylin Myers is struggling to make ends meet, any way she knows how. Watt Bakradi is thriving at the center of the tower’s social scene, but only with the help of an illegal A.I. he designed. And up on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller. She’s genetically designed to be perfect, yet she’s tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall. . . .                                                                              Initial Thoughts:  On the whole I am enjoying this book at the moment because it is fast paced and intriguing although there are times when it can be a little slow. I love the fact that the story is being told in multiple perspectives because it means that as the reader I am getting the views of each person on the society in which they live, their lives and those of the people around them so I connect with them easier.  All the characters as well as the plot and the world are wrote about in a way that you can understand how things are at the moment but their is still room for them to be developed further in future books, therefore at the moment I would say this is a solid first book for a new series.                                             Links: Goodreads | Review   

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3/4) by Maggie Steifvatter

Cover of Blue Lily, Lily BlueSource: overdrive                                                  Format: Audio Book                                             Narrator(s): Will Patton                                       Reading Period: Read from September 24 to October 04, 2016                                                   Star Rating: 5/5 Stars                          Synopsis:  The third installment in the mesmerizing series from the irrepressible, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their …more                                                                        Final Thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed this book especially because I read this as an audio book which meant that I was immersed in the world for start to finish. Will is a great narrator who is able to give each character their own voice and personality which means that as the listener your able to connect with each character for different reasons. I loved how all the original characters were developed further while the new characters that were introduced in this book were developed enough to enable me as the reader to be interested in them.    I  gave this book a 5 star rating for the following reasons:                                                                                                            * It was a fab continuation to what is a fantastic series so far.                        * It fits in very well to the genres that its listed in on goodreads: YA                 Fantasy                                                                                                                    * I will re read the entire series again in the future but they will all be               on Audio Book.                                                                                       Links: Goodreads | Review   

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Noughts and Crosses (Noughts and Crosses #1/4) by Malorie Blackman                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Noughts & Crosses: Book 1 (Noughts And Crosses) by [Blackman, Malorie]                                                         Source:  overdrive                                                                 Format: Audio Book                                                              Narrators: Syan Blake & Paul Chequer                               Reading Status: Read from (ebook sample November 16, 2015) September 22 to October 05, 2016                      Star Rating: 5/5 stars                                                              Synopsis:  Sephy is a Cross – a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a nought – a ‘colourless’ member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses.

The two have been friends since early childhood. But that’s as far as it can go. Against a background of prejudice, distrust and mounting terrorist violence, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum – a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger . .                                                Final Thoughts:  This was a fantastically well written book that was brought to life for me more  by the fact that I listened to it and the Narrators narrated it so well that I was able to know  in far more depth how the characters were feeling/what they were thinking. In my opinion this book is a very substantial start to what I am sure will be a great series so much so that I have already started reading the next book in the series.

Links: Goodreads  | Review    

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Everything Everything by Nicole Yoon

Cover of Everything, EverythingSource: overdrive                                                        Format: Audio book                                                     Narrator(s):  Bahni Turpin & Robbie Daymond     Reading Status: Read from 4 to 6 October 2016   Star Rating: 5/5 Stars                                                   Synopsis:  The Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

If you love Eleanor and Park, Hazel and Augustus, and Mia and Adam, you’ll love the story of Maddy, a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly, the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken. This innovative and heartfelt debut novel unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
And don’t miss The Sun Is Also A Star, the breathtaking and romantic new novel from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Nicola Yoon in which two teens are brought together just when it seems like the universe is sending them in opposite directions.
From the Hardcover edition.

Final Thoughts: I had been wanting read this book for a long time after all the rave reviews I’d heard the Book tubers that I follow who’d read it give it and I wasn’t disappointed. The book tells the story of a girl who’s grown up believing she’s allergic to everything but is she… The plot and characters were well developed and believable. I had never read anything by this author previously but now I have read this one I will definitely read any more of her books in the future

Links: Goodreads  | Review     

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All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

                                                                                                                                      Source: Overdrive Cover of All the Bright Places                                                                Format: Audio Book                                                             Narrator(s): Kirby Heyborne and Ariadne Meyers         Reading Status: read from September 28 to October 6                                                                                        Star Rating:  5/5 Stars                                                        Synopsis:   The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.                                                                             FINAL THOUGHTS: I had never read any of this authors work before I read this and I am glad that this was the first book by her that I’ve read because it enabled me to see how well she deals with sensitive subjects like death, survivors guilt and suicide. I connected well with all the characters especially the main ones Finch and Violet because they were all so well developed and believable.

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Insanity (Insanity: The Complete Books 1-3 #1/3) by Cameron Jace                                                                                                                                              Insanity: The Complete Books 1-3Source: Amazon                                               Format: Ebook                                                       Other Books in this Series:  Figment, Circus, Hookah, Wonder, Checkmate, Family  Reading Status: Read from December 16 2015 to October      5 2016                                   Star Rating: 4/5 stars                                           Synopsis:  After accidentally killing everyone in her class, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one doubts her insanity. Only a hookah-smoking professor believes otherwise; that he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll’s paintings, photographs, and find Wonderland’s real whereabouts. Professor Caterpillar persuades the asylum that Alice can sav …more

Final Thoughts:  This was a thoroughly enjoyable, well written and intriguing retelling of Alice in Wonderland. I loved the way that Cameron made I that everyone who believed in wonderland was mad and that he weaved some historical facts about Lewis Carroll, with particular relevance to the writing of Alice in Wonderland in to the book.

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Maid for Love (The McCarthy’s of Gansett Island Boxed Set 1 books 1-3 #1/3) by Marie Force

Maid for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island, #1)
Source: Amazon

Format: Kindle Book                                                         Reading Status: Read from                                              Star Rating: 5/5 Stars                                                        Synopsis: Maid for Love: Maddie Chester is determined to leave her hometown of Gansett Island, a place that has brought her only bad memories and ugly rumors. Then she’s knocked off her bike on the way to her housekeeping job at McCarthy’s Resort Hotel by Gansett’s “favorite son,” Mac McCarthy. He’s back in town to help his father with preparations to sell the family resort and has no intention of staying long. When Mac accidentally sends Maddie flying over the handlebars, badly injuring her, he moves in to nurse her back to health and help care for her young son. He soon realizes his plans for a hit-and-run visit to the island are in serious jeopardy, and he just may be “maid” for love.isses After Dark

Final Thoughts: I decided to read this book after I heard several Booktubers talk about the author and I purchased this through a Bookbub offer. This was a beautifully written enthralling book. Mac and Maddie are really well developed and multi faceted characters who I found it really easy to connect with. I loved how their relationship

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The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4/4) by Maggie Stiefvatterh

Click here to view Audiobook details for The Raven King by Maggie StiefvaterSource:  Overdrive                                                           Format: Audio book                                                       Series: The Raven Cycle #4/4                                         Narrator (s):   Will Patton                                              Reading Status:  Currently Reading, Started  4/10     Synopsis: The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater. All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore. In a starred review for Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Kirkus Reviews declared: “Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close.”

Initial Thoughts:  I have only listened to the prologue and chapter 1 so far but I am really enjoying it so far. As it stands now I will give the book a five star rating but if your interested in my final thoughts on the book along with its star rating then look out for my mini review on next weeks Friday reads post as well as my Goodreads review who’s link will be included with the afore mentioned mini review.                                                                        Links: Goodreads |Friday Read’s Post | Review

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Love in a Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Source: Overdrive                                                            Format:  Audio Book                                                         Narrator (s): Armando Durán                                         Reading Status: Currently Reading, Started 5/10         Synopsis: From the Nobel Prize–winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude comes a masterly evocation of an unrequited passion so strong that it binds two people’s lives together for more than half a century.

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career, he whiles away the years in 622 affairs—yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he does so again.

With humorous sagacity and consummate craft, Gabriel García Márquez traces an exceptional half-century of unrequited love. Though it seems never to be conveniently contained, love flows through the novel in many wonderful guises—joyful, melancholy, enriching, and ever surprising.

From the Nobel Prize–winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude comes a masterly evocation of an unrequited passion so strong that it binds two people’s lives together for more than half a century.

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career, he whiles away the years in 622 affairs—yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he does so again.

With humorous sagacity and consummate craft, Gabriel García Márquez traces an exceptional half-century of unrequited love. Though it seems never to be conveniently contained, love flows through the novel in many wonderful guises—joyful, melancholy, enriching, and ever surprising.

Initial Thoughts: Although I haven’t  listened to much of this Book so far I am really enjoying it so far and think that it is going to be very informative as well. As it stands now I will give the book a five star rating but if your interested in my final thoughts on the book along with its star rating then look out for my mini review on next weeks Friday reads post as well as my Goodreads review who’s link will be included with the afore mentioned mini review.                                                                                                               Links: Goodreads | Friday Read’s Post | Review

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Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

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Source: Overdrive                                                    Format:  Audio Book                                               Narrator (s): Armando Durán                               Reading Status: Currently Reading (Started 4/10)                                                          Synopsis:  The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program — or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan — or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up? Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Initial Thoughts:   I have only listened to the first couple of chapters of this book so far I am really enjoying it so far. As it stands now I will give the book a four star rating but if your interested in my final thoughts on the book along with its star rating then look out for my mini review on next weeks Friday reads post as well as my Goodreads review who’s link will be included with the afore mentioned mini review.                                                 Links: Goodreads | Friday Read’s Post| Review

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Knife Edge (Noughts and Crosses #2/4) by Malorie Blackman

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Source:  overdrive                                                     Narrator (s):  Syan Blake & Paul Chequer           Series:  Noughts and Crosses #2/4                       Other books in series: Noughts and Crosses, Checkmate, Double Cross                                       Reading Status: Currently Reading (started 5/10)                                                             Synopsis:  WHEN TRUTH AND JUSTICE ARE NO LONGER BLACK AND WHITE ISSUES . . .

Sephy is a Cross, one of the privileged in a society where the ruling Crosses treat the pale-skinned noughts as inferiors. But her baby daughter has a nought father . . . Jude is a Nought. Eaten up with bitterness, he blames Sephy for the terrible losses his family has suffered . . .

Now Jude’s life rests on a knife edge. Will Sephy be forced, once again, to take sides?

A razor-sharp and intensely moving novel, the second in the Noughts & Crosses sequence.

Initial thoughts:  I haven’t read much of this book so far but I am really enjoying it so far and I think it  will be a solid continuation to this series. As it stands now I will give the book a five star rating but if your interested in my final thoughts on the book along with its star rating then look out for my mini review on next weeks Friday reads post as well as my Goodreads review who’s link will be included with the afore mentioned mini review.       Links: Goodreads | Friday Read’s Post | Review

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Figment (Insanity: The Complete Books 1-3 #1/3) by Cameron Jace

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Source: Amazon                                                  Format:  Kindle Book                                         Reading Status: Currently Reading, (started 7/10)                                            Synopsis: After her encounter with the Cheshire Cat, Alice Wonder can hardly tell reality from imagination. But when kids have their head chopped off and stuffed in watermelons all over the city, it’s clear that another Wonderland Monster has arrived, possibly scarier than the Cheshire. Alice, along with Professor Pillar, have to solve the killer’s puzzles before a horrible event th...more

Initial Thoughts: I am not that far into this book yet but I am enjoying it just as much as I did the first one. Already I can’t wait to see the adventures that Alice goes on and how her character is developed futher as well.  If you want to know what star rating I gave this book as well as my final thoughts on it then look out for my mini review in a future Friday Read’s post which will also include the link to my Goodreads Review.                               Links: Goodreads | Friday Read’s Post | Review   

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Fool For Love (The McCarthy’s of Gansett Island Boxed Set Books 1-3 #2/3) by Marie Force 

Fool for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island, #2)

Source: Amazon                                                                  Format: Kindle Book                                                         Reading Status: Currently Reading (started 6/10)       Synopsis: Fool for Love: Joe Cantrell, owner of the Gansett Island Ferry Company, has been in love with Janey McCarthy for as long as he can remember. At the same time, Janey has been dating or engaged to doctor-in-training David Lawrence. When things go horribly wrong between David and Janey, she calls her “fifth brother” Joe, one of the few people in her close circle who lives on the mainland. Janey decides a few days with Joe is just what she needs before she goes home to the island to face her parents and family with the news of her broken engagement. It was bad enough for Joe loving Janey from afar, but having her in his house is pure torture. Will he take advantage of this opportunity to show her what they could have together? And what will Joe’s best friend and Janey’s protective older brother Mac have to say about it?

Initial Thoughts: I have only read the first few chapters of this book so far but I am already really enjoying it. In the first book we were introduced to Janey (Macs little sister) and Joey (Mac’s best friend) but I can’t wait to see how Marie develops them as individuals and as a couple in this book. It will also be nice to learn a little more about the other characters in the series at the moment, any new characters that are introduced in this book and the Island its self.                                                                                               Links: Goodreads | Friday Read’s Post |Review 

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The Governess Was Wanton (Governess #2/3) by Julia Kelly

The Governess Was Wanton (Governess, #2) Source:  NetGalley                                                   Format: Ebook                                                         Reading Status: Currently Reading (Started 5/10)                                                                 Other Books in the Series: Book 1 The Governess was Wicked,  book 3 The Governess was Wicked                                               Synopsis: Follow three best friends who navigate love and independence as governesses in Regency England in this delightfully charming installment in the Governesses series.

Mary Woodward, a young veteran governess, has one job: guiding a young debutante through her first season in high society. And up until now, keeping her fous and avoiding temptation has been easy. But never before has the father of her young charge been as devilishly handsome as the single, wealthy Earl of Asten…. Convinced to risk it all, Mary let’s herself enjoy one night of magic at a masked ball in Asten’s arms, but will they both regret everything when the Earl learns her true identity?               Initial Thoughts: Although I have only read the first few chapters of this book at the moment I am already enjoying it as much as I did the previous one. I am going to love learning more about Mary and her friends as well as well as all the other characters in the book. If you want to know the star rating as well as my final views on the book then look out for my mini review for it on next weeks Friday reads Post which will also include a line to my Goodreads review.                                                                                         Links: Goodreads | Friday Read’s Post | Review

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgerstern

The Night Circus

Source: Amazon | Overdrive                                        Format: Kindle | Audio book                                         Narrator: Jim Dale                                            Reading Status:  Currently Reading (started (ebook 20/6/14)  9/10)                                                     Links: Goodreads | Friday Read’s post | Review      Synopsis: In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire.

Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice. The circus seems almost to cast a spell over its aficionados, who call themselves the rêveurs – the dreamers. At the heart of the story is the tangled relationship between two young magicians, Celia, the enchanter’s daughter, and Marco, the sorcerer’s apprentice. At the behest of their shadowy masters, they find themselves locked in a deadly contest, forced to test the very limits of the imagination, and of their love…

A fabulous, fin-de-siècle feast for the senses and a life-affirming love story, The Night Circus is a captivating novel that will make the real world seem fantastical and a fantasy world real.                                                                     Initial Thoughts: I started this book in EBook format and although I was enjoying it  only managed to reach the 20% read mark as I struggled to get into it so I got the audio book from Overdrive. I am so glad i got the audio book because the Narrator is so good at voicing all the different characters it has really caught my attention now so I am finally going to be able to finish it. Already I can’t wait to see where the story goes and how it all winds up. If your interested in my final thoughts about the book then you may want to look out for my mini review in next weeks Friday reads post which will include a link to my Goodreads review.

Friday Read’s 23/9/16

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Here’s my Friday reads post for the week of 19 Sept. and I will be telling you about the books that I read this week, the books that I am currently reading and the books that I received for review this week.

Books Read

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake

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MY FINAL VIEWS:  I thoroughly enjoyed this well written and intriguing book which was a great start to what I sure is going to be and amazing series.   All the characters were developed in a way that was engaging so as the reader I wanted to read about them, but left room for further development in future books.

The world building was good although some elements could have done with being developed a little more although I guess this development will no doubt happen in future books. I loved the competition element between the sisters in the story especially when it looks like they may end up working together rather than against each other. I can honestly say that I really didn’t like one sister more than the others.                                     This book fits well in the genre that I was written for and so I would both recommend it to or buy it as a gift for anyone anyone who enjoys a good fantasy book with romance and magical elements in it.                               For my full review please click here

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The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2/4) by Maggie Stiefvatter                

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)

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Final Thoughts:  Although I really enjoyed this book from the moment I started it I was finding it difficult to focus on reading it (read to chapter ) so I got the Audio book version from the library and flew through the rest of it. This was a great second book in a series as it expand on some of the things that were left up in the air in the first book while leaving room for further information to be given about them in future books as well as introducing more things/people into the story that will be expanded on in the future books. Even though I still loved Maggie’s writing in this book I learned that this series is one that I need to listen to as apposed to read because although I only listened to roughly the last 1/4 of this book it was a lot better doing it that way for me as I was able to pick up on far more of the nuances that were in the book. Once I have written the full review I will link it at the bottom of the page

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Blue Lilly Lilly Blue (The Raven Cycle #3/4) by Maggie Stiefvatter

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)

 

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MY INITIAL THOUGHTS: I am not that far in to this well written great continuation to what is a fantastic series. I am thoroughly enjoying listening to the book as the the narrator does the voices for each the characters really well which means that I am able to understand them as individuals and their relationships with each other. Currently I would give it a 5 star rating and I am sure that wont change when I finish it but look out for my full review which I will also link here when I have written it.

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Magonia (Magonia #1) by Maria Dahvana Headley

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INITIAL THOUGHTS: This Is the first book I have read by this author

Magonia (Magonia, #1)and I can honestly say that although I am not far thorough the book at the moment I am really enjoying it. Maria’s writing is thoroughly engaging and the characters are thoroughly well developed and believable. There are places in the book where the story drags but the overall story is fascinating so I can over look it. At the moment I would give the book a five star rating as it is a good solid start to what I am fairly sure will be a great sr

 

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Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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INITIAL THOUGHTS: Currently I although I am not far through the book I am really enjoying it and think that it is really well written. This is the first book by this author that I have read and without reserve I will read any more of his work. The way the author has developed the characters so far is making them easy to believe in.  I already feel like I have made a strong connection to the main character August and that I will with some of the other characters as well. Because of this I am fairly sure that once I have finished this book I will give it a 5 star rating as I am enjoying it so much at the moment, so please look out for the link to the review if you want to know the rating I gave it as well as my views on it.

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The Girl With the Red Coat by Kate Harmer

INITIAL THOUGHTS: I have never read any of Kate’s work before but due to the ease of read that I’m experiencing with this book at the moment I will read her other books in the future.  The little girl () who’s the main character in the book is really lovable and is so well written so far so she’s believable and easy to connect with. I can also see how well the other characters will develop through the book. Currently I would say that when I finish reading this book I will  give a five star rating because it is such a heartwarmigly well written book so look out for my review if your interested in knowing what I thought of it and the star rating I gave it.

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The Trouble with Sheep and Goats by Joanna Cannon

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INITIAL THOUGHTS: I have never read any of Joanna’s work before but from what I have read of this book so far I know that I am going to enjoy it and want to read her other books. It is a very well written and engaging mystery in which the characters are well developed and multi dimensional which means that they are easy to connect with and believable. Currently I can see that I will no doubt give the book a 4-5 star rating so if you want to know the star rating I gave it and what my views were then look out for my review.

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Noughts and Crosses (Noughts and Crosses #1/4) by Malorie Blackman

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INITIAL THOUGHTS: I am currently reading this book in audio book format from my local library and I am thoroughly enjoying it. This is the first book I have read by this author and it is very well written and at the moment I would say that she will be an author that will become a favourite. The main characters a young girl (nought) and a young boy (a cross) who are best friends are developing well and muti dimensional which means their easy to connect with. The world building so far is great and I feel sure it will only get better as the story goes on. I am really glad that I decided to get the audio book copy from the library because as much as I enjoyed the EBook sample that I read I am finding it a lot easier to get in to the story listening to it as I  At the moment I can say that I will give the book a five star rating but if your interested in seeing what my ultimate views of the books are and the star rating that I give it then look out for my review, which I will link below as soon as I have published it.

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All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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INITIAL THOUGHTS: I am not that far into this book at the moment but I am thoroughly enjoying it which is good because I have never read anything by this author before. I thank one of the main reasons I am enjoying it so much is because I am listening to an audio book copy of it which I got from my local library. The two main characters are believable and multifaceted which is making them easy to connect with and I can’t wait to see how their relation/friendship develops as the book goes on.  At the moment I can say that I will be giving this book a five star rating when I review it on finishing it, so look out for my review which I will link below when I have published it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Book Reviews|#Netgalley Books| The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress (The Dukes of War, #3) by Erica Ridley

I would like to start this review by thanking NetGalley for allowing me to read this fantastic book and say that although I received the book review it will not have an effect on my views about it.

I have given this book 5 five star rating because the writing style was great and I will read the book again as well as recommend it to others or buy it as a gift. It was also a good book for the continuation of this companion series (The Dukes of War).

Plot/Story line: This was a lovely easy to read romance book. The book follows the stories of Captain Xavier Grey (who has returned from the war a shell of a man), and spinster Jane Downing (who want’s to be off the shelf and into the arms of a hot-blooded man especially the dark and dangerous Captain Grey). He feels that he’s not deserving of the love and respect of others because of things that he did during the war while she just wants to experience the feeling of love experienced by her friends,

Character (s): There was a lot to the two main characters Jane and Xavier but equally as much to the other characters. Both characters were strong, kind,gentle natured loving, well read people whos love story was captivating.

Summary: I enjoyed this book as much as I did the “The Earl’s defiant Wallflower” and as much as I’m sure I will the rest of the series. Erica’s writing was fabulous as was her world building. The way she described the expectations in the regency period as well as the places and clothing was really evocative and made me as the reader feel like I was experiencing. Especially her descriptions of the clothes as it made me feel like I was actually touching the materials.

Book Review|NetGalley| The Governess was Wicked (Governess #1) by Julie Kelly

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This book told the story of a young governess called Elizabeth living in Recency London and it follows her life as a governess including her relationships with her friends Miss Ephram and Miss Woodward as well her romance with her Families doctor Dr. Edward Fellows.

On Goodreads this book is listed as a Historical Romance which it very definitely is and a very well researched one as well which is shown in the references made about dress codes and expectations placed on women particularly unmarried ones of the time.  Continue reading

Book Information: The Passage Trilogy by Justin Cronin

The Passage (The Passage 1/3)

Book Synopsis: An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

Book Information:                                                                         Format/Number of Pages: Kindle Edition, 897 pages                                         Publisher: Ballantine Books                                                                         Publish Date: June 8th 2010 by (first published 2010)                           Original Title: The Passage                                                                                       ASIN: B003F3PM7A                                                                                       Edition Language: English                                                                                         Series: The Passage #1                                                                                            Characters: Amy Harper Bellafonte, Jonas Abbott Lear, Brad                               Wolgast,Anthony Lloyd Carter, Lacey Antoinette Kudoto                             setting: Telluride, Colorado (United States),  Las Vegas, Nevada (United               States),  Roswell, New Mexico (United States)                                              Literary Awards: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Favorite Book,               Science Fiction (2010)                                                                   Goodreads Rating: 4.02 Star’s out of 123,000 ratings                                         Other Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, Audio Book, Audio CD           Goodreads shelves: Read,                                                                                   My Star Rating: 4.25 stars


The Twelve (The Passage 2/3)
Book Synopsis: At the end of The Passage, the great viral plague had left a small grThe Twelve (The Passage, #2)oup of survivors clinging to life amidst a world transformed into a nightmare. In the Grca badge winnersecond volume of this epic trilogy, this same group of survivors, led by the mysterious, charismatic Amy, go on the attack, leading an insurrection against the virals: the first offensives of the Second Viral War.

To do this, they must infiltrate a dozen hives, each presided over by one of the original Twelve. Their secret weapon: Alicia, transformed at the end of book one into a half human, half viral—but whose side, in the end, is she really on?

Book Information:
Format/Number of pages: Kindle Edition, 626 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publish Date: October 16th 2012 by  (first published January 1st 2012)
Original Title: The Twelve
ASIN: B007GBTBMY
Edition Language:English
Goodreads Rating:
Other Formats: Hard Cover, Paperback, Audio Book, Audio CD
Goodreads Shelves: Currently Reading, 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge

The City of Mirrors (The Passage 3/3)

Book Synopsis: In “The Passage” and “The Twelve“, Justin Cronin brilliantly imagined the fall of civilization and humanity s desperate fight to survive. The City of Mirrors (The Passage, #3)Now all is quiet on the horizon but does silence promise the nightmare s end or the second coming of unspeakable darkness? At last, this bestselling epic races to its breathtaking finale.

“The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place?”

The Twelve have been destroyed and the hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew and daring to dream of a hopeful future.

But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy – humanity’s only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him.

One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate.

Book Information
Format/Number of pages: DARC, 624 pages
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publish Date: Expected publication: May 24th 2016 by
ASIN: B015BCWZWW
Edition Language:English
Goodreads Rating info: 4.07 stars ·  Rating Details  ·  762 Ratings  ·  294 Reviews
If any of you out there have read any of these books especially the last two I would love to know what you thought of them.

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